Cars break down, and sometimes they aren't worth pouring in the money to fix them. Sometimes, when you need extra cash and you have an old junk car lying around, taking it to scrap is the easiest solution for the money woes. Whatever the reason for junking a car, you need to know how to find the right price.
The market for scrap metal fluctuates, and the weight of the metal also plays a role in the amount you may get for your scrap vehicle. In Ohio, we looked at the top ten junked cars, the state's average for scrap pricing, and the individual pricing of cities where these cars were junked. We also investigated to see if there were any common complaints that these cars were faced with using carcomplaints.com as a base for our research.
1. 2003 Ford Taurus
Average Price: $125.00
The 2003 Ford Taurus has found its place on many of our top ten junk car lists. In particular, this model year has a lot of transmission problems that can end up being pricey - even with lower mileage. One of the most common complaints didn't come from the transmission. For the models made from 1999 to 2003, the coil springs had a habit of breaking. The government even launched a three-year investigation from 2008 to 2011 but ultimately decided a recall wasn't necessary. Even though the broken coils caused shredded tires and punctures while owners were driving, there were not enough crashes or injuries to constitute a recall.
Ohio's average pricing for the 2003 Ford Taurus was $125 scrap value. Toledo ($210.83) and Akron ($181.25) were the only cities that offered $85.83 and $56.25 above-average pricing. Cleveland was $5 short at $120, and Dayton fell $25 under at $100. The lowest amount offered for a 2003 Ford Taurus in Ohio was $90.71, which is $34.29 below the Ohio state scrap average.
2. 2005 Chevrolet Malibu
Average Price: $151.57
Carcomplaints.com lists the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu as a clunker. Between the steering problems, engine failure, and transmission problems, owners have historically put thousands into their vehicles, all before reaching the pivotal 100K mile point. Users have reported transmission failure at as little as 76K miles that cost them $3,400 or the engine stalling at 69K with a price of close to $700 to fix.
The average Ohio scrap price for the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu is $151.57. Two cities provided scrap pricing above the state's average - Columbus ($175.91, $24.34 above average) and Dayton ($153.33, $1.76 above average). Cincinnati was close offering owners $151, which is only $.57 under average. Cleveland offered $145 for the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, $6.57 below the state average. Canton was the lowest scrap price at $90, which equals $61.57 below the Ohio average.
3. 2008 Chevrolet Impala
Average Price: $194.04
Based on the information provided by carcomplaints.com, the 2008 Chevrolet Impala saw many problems with the engine. Over 240 complaints about the engine and over 200 with the electrical system were filed with the NHTSA for this model year. The worst problems listed with the 2008 Impala all occurred before the 100K mile mark, including a fix of over $3000 because the car was not running right.
For a scrapped 2008 Chevrolet Impala, Ohio offered $194.04 on average. Toledo is the city closest to the average amount offering $194 for a scrapped Impala. Cincinnati and Cleveland tied for the last place at $150, $44.04 below the average Ohio scrap price. Columbus provided owners with $218.64 for scrap, $24.60 above average. Lorain was the highest overall, bringing a scrap value of $255, $60.96 above Ohio's average.
4. 2004 Ford Taurus
Average Price: $140.29
The 2004 Ford Taurus had many different transmission problems based on the reports made by consumers on carcomplaints.com. Before reaching 100K miles, the transmission was failing, and the torque converter also failed. Each of these carries a hefty price tag to fix. For the transmission alone, 2004 Ford Taurus owners could be looking at over $2,000 to rebuild. Replacement would cost even more.
The Ohio average pricing for scrapping a 2004 Ford Taurus is $140.29. Toledo ($199.17) and Cleveland ($172.86) were the only two that produced above-average scrap pricing by $58.88 and $32.57. Columbus scrap prices paid $111, which were $29.29 below the average. Dayton was $57.29 below average with a scrap value of $83. Cincinnati was not too far behind at $67.29 less than average, with a value of $73 for scrap.
5. 2002 Honda Accord
Average Price: $153.70
Early 2000 Honda models all suffered from the same transmission problems and failures, which often occurred shortly after reaching 90K miles and often cost over $2,000 to have fixed. Owners are now finding out that their 2002 Honda Accords are subject to subframe rust due to the AC drain hose position. The fix for this is also over $2,000. Carcomplaints.com lists this car as one to be avoided like the plague due to the costly problems.
The average scrap price for a 2002 Honda Accord in Ohio is $153.70. Owners will find that their best value comes from Grove City at $203, $49.30 above the state's average. Cleveland is the only other city we found to offer an above-average scrap price, at $173.33 ($19.63 over). Dayton missed the mark by $3.70 by offering $150 scrap value for the 2002 Honda Accord. Cincinnati ($137.50) and Columbus ($124.38) offered owners the least amount, averaging an under scrap average of $22.76.
6. 2003 Ford Explorer
Average Price: $217.71
The 2003 Ford Explorer is part of a model year that is considered one of the worst vehicles due to complaints. There are several mentions of widespread transmission failure that create expensive rebuild replacements totaling over $3,000 for the vehicle. This model year is also notorious for wheel bearing failure. Although not as expensive of a fix, it can range from $500 to $1000 depending on the number of bearings that need to be replaced.
The average scrap pricing in Ohio for the 2003 Ford Explorer is $217.71. Partly due to the heavier curb weight, the city with the highest scrap value was Akron at $316.67, $98.96 above average. The lowest scrap amount found was $195 in Columbus ($22.71 below the state average). Cincinnati was only $2.71 below average, with a scrap value of $215. Cleveland ($234.44) and Reynoldsburg ($240) provided above-average pricing that was approximately $16.73 and $22.29 over.
7. 2001 Honda Civic
Average Price: $184.79
The 2001 Honda Civic was one of the vehicles that was fitted with the airbag that didn't get recalled for over ten years. These airbags activated with excessive force and had projectiles come from them in the form of metal fragments. The Civic also had many transmission problems. Honda was the target of a class-action lawsuit and initiated a recall, but the 2001 Honda Civic was not listed as one of the vehicles included. This model year of the Civic is the most recalled Honda and the fourth overall recalled vehicle after a Ford truck and two Ford vans.
The Ohio average scrap price for the 2001 Honda Civic is $184.79. The lowest scrap price comes from Cincinnati at $170 and then Columbus at $178.93. These prices are $14.79 and $5.86 below average. Only $4.79 below average was Hilliard at $180. Cleveland was over the Ohio state average at $187.14, $2.35 above average. Westerville provided the highest amount for a scrap 2001 Honda Civic, $110.21 over the average value at $295.
8. 2005 Ford Escape
Average Price: $193.04
The most common complaints on the 2005 Ford Escape found on carcomplaints.com involved the engine shutting down while driving. There is also a defect in the Power Control Module (PCM) that fries the unit at around 100,000 miles. Ford extended the warranty to 80,000 miles, but most owners are past that limit and have to pay repair bills over $2,000 for that PCM unit.
The Ohio average scrap price for the 2005 Ford Escape is $193.04. Toledo only offers owners $126.67, which is $66.37 below the state's average scrap price. Columbus was also below the average, but only by $4.71, offering a scrap price of $188.33. Cleveland brought in $5.96 above average pricing at $199. Cincinnati gave owners of the 2005 Escape $19.10 more than average with a scrap rate of $212.14. The overall scrap pricing winner was Newark at $242.50, bringing almost $50 extra to owners at $49.46.
9. 2004 Chevrolet Impala
Average Price: $130.54
The 2004 Chevrolet Impala has over 440 NHTSA complaints about its electrical system. There have been reports that the speedometer "has a mind of its own" and operates however it wants, whenever it wants. The more expensive fixes come from the transmission. Reports of slipping and hard shifting can cost owners over $1,500 to fix. These problems are also occurring before the car ever reaches 100,000 miles.
The 2004 Chevrolet Impala scrap pricing in Ohio averages $130.54. Sadly, this car is either on the high-end or the low-end of the pricing spectrum. Akron provided owners with $202.50 for their scrap, $71.96 above state pricing. Cleveland offers $182, which is $51.46 above the average. Toledo only offered $80, making the scrap pricing $50.54 below average. Cincinnati was $20 lower at $70.54 below the scrap average, offering only $60. Youngstown was only willing to give $36.67 for a scrapped 2004 Chevrolet Impala - a difference of $93.87 below Ohio's scrap average.
10. 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
Average Price: $110.65
The 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix is not without its list of problems. Most people reported issues with the vehicle starting, engine failure, and the blower motor not shutting off. Of all the complaints listed on carcomplaints.com, the biggest ones are engine problems with almost 150 NHTSA complaints and electrical problems with over 100 NHTSA complaints. Engine problems can be expensive to fix, looking into the thousands range.
Ohio's average scrap pricing for the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix is $110.65. Toledo provides owners with a much higher scrap price of $220, which is $109.35 above the state scrap price. Akron ($155) and Cleveland ($147.50) are the only other cities offering an above-average scrap price paying $44.35 and $36.85 over. Columbus provided owners with $106.82 in scrap payout, $3.83 less than the state's average pricing. Dayton provided owners with the least amount of scrap at $79.17, falling $31.48 below the state average.
Ohio Scrap Car Rates
The scrap metal market pricing in the area you live plays a huge role in the amount you may get for a scrapped vehicle. The best advice that we can offer you when you want to scrap your vehicle is to look around to see what city will give you the best price. In general, some states provide higher scrap rates - for the most part, Ohio offers lower scrapping prices than some of the other states within our list. Before you sell for cash, make sure you have the information needed to make an informed decision and go with the company to provide you with the most cash for your junked vehicle.